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WSO2Con Asia 2016 – highlights, pictures and turkey tweets!

Last week we concluded WSO2Con Asia 2016 with a bang! Over 250 attendees from across the region joined us, making it our biggest user conference to date.

We had inspiring keynotes, customer stories and technical sessions ranging from analytics and API management to cloud and integration. We also had lots of fun like twitter competitions and after parties.

Here’s a recap on some of our most memorable moments…

Day 1 was dedicated to tutorials. The sessions provided hands-on experience and deep dives into key WSO2 products. The ones on microservices and IoT were specially popular.

Tutorials

The official start of the conference however, was day 2 where the punchy sounds of Sachintha and the Beat Drummers kicked things off at the opening ceremony.

WSO2ConAsia-2016Opening

This was followed by the opening keynote by WSO2 Founder, CEO and Chief Architect Dr. Sanjiva Weerawarana. In his usual flair Sanjiva talked about WSO2’s progress in the past 10 years and how the WSO2 platform is being used by customers across industries such as  transport, government, entertainment, mobile and more. He also spoke about WSO2’s vision for the connected enterprise and its future in the middleware industry.

Sanjiva

Other keynotes for the day included an engaging presentation on Vega, the high performance electric sports car being developed in Sri Lanka. Dr. Harsha Subasinghe, the president and CEO of Codegen, and Dr. Beshan Kulapala, a research scientist at Codegen highlighted the challenges and opportunities in leading complex engineering projects to success.

Codegen

Dr. Frank Leymann, a director in the Institute of Architecture of Application Systems at University of Stuttgart, discussed loose coupling and its implications on microservice and cloud native architectures.

Frank Leymann

Isabelle Mauny, the vice president of product management at WSO2, gave the final keynote for the day on how analytics can improve customer experiences. Interestingly the phrase “Turkeys” was trending on our twitter dashboard during her talk!

The day continued with dedicated tracks running in parallel on cloud, API management, security and integration.

Several customers shared their experiences and how they have used the WSO2 Platform to effectively meet their technical and business goals.

Harshavardhan Mohanraj and Praveen Doddamani, technical leads at ZeOmega, spoke about how they leveraged the WSO2 platform to build a healthcare solution while improving component manageability and standardizing security in the API Management Track.

Zeomega

Ibrahim Khalil, a system integration analyst and team lead at Capgemini, spoke about how they leveraged their experience with United Nations agencies and built a vertical solution, enabled by WSO2 products, for UN organizations in the Cloud Track.

Ibrahim Khalili

Gina Keune, the team lead of integration and configuration at Royal Automobile Association, shared the challenges they faced and wins they celebrated when incrementally adopting SOA using WSO2.

Gina Keune

Charith De Silva, a lead architect at WSO2.Telco, introduced WSO2.Telco IDS which provides a fully Mobile Connect (OIDC) compliant solution for telcos embarking on a federated ID strategy.

Charith De Silva

This year we also hosted a special Strategy Forum for CxOs which saw attendees from companies such as Honeywell, NYU, John Keells Holdings, zMessenger, LOLC and more. The forum was led by WSO2 VP of Solutions Architecture Asanka Abeysinghe who spoke about the digital transformation of enterprise platforms.

Strategy Forum

The day ended with a networking event featuring smooth jazz tunes provided by Brown Sugar. Tasteful bites accompanied by cocktails coupled with lounge-like seating made it the perfect environment to catch up with industry experts and peers.

Networking event

The third and final day of the conference was also packed with insightful technical sessions. The tracks covered topics on governance, IT consumerization, analytics, devOps and app development.

The session on microservices attracted over a 100 of the attendees and proved to be one of the most popular talks of the day.

Azeez

Another popular talk was by Kiran Kumar, an enterprise architect at Wipro, who discussed a case study of a governance system where service governance meets API governance.

Kiran Kumar

The technical sessions came to an end with a closing keynote by Asanka and panel discussion on the benefits and effects of creating a digital enterprise.

Asanka Panel

In addition to the technical sessions, a team led by Srinath Perera, vice president of research at WSO2, showcased capabilities of the WSO2 Analytics platform by hooking up with Twitter to create a sentiment analyser. The project which tracked #wso2conasia was able to give valuable insights into sessions and popular topics. It also helped identify the most dedicated tweep, who walked away with a GoPro camera for his contributions.

Sentiment analysis

Sumedha Rubasinghe, director of API architecture at WSO2 also ran a project that combined  Google’s voice API with the soon to be released WSO2 IoT Server which displayed what speakers of each session were talking about.  This was just a sampling of what you can expect in the future with WSO2’s IoT Platform.

Voice Analyser

Source: Readme.LK

In true WSO2 style, WSO2Con Asia 2016 came to a close with a rocking after-party featuring the band Glory.

Party

In the coming weeks we’ll be sharing more details of the presentations, so stay tuned for that. In the meantime you can check out the slides for all sessions at the WSO2Con Asia website.

Cloudy with a Chance of Big Data?

Today we kick off our first ever virtual hackathon!

In celebration of our 10th year anniversary this year the 24-hour virtual hackathon, starting at 6 p.m. Pacific Time, will have ten teams from around the world build a scalable solution that processes up to 4 billion real-time events within a short period of time, all in the cloud.

100 Amazon EC2 instances, 2000 Docker containers, 10 Kubernetes clusters using 70 Kubernetes nodes, 4 billion events, 24 Gigs of data, and no, we are not done with the numbers yet. The most successful team to survive this mammoth challenge and produce an applicable solution walks away with $5000.

After all, this is WSO2’s first ever virtual hackathon, and what is a big data challenge without some big numbers?

The teams consist of an architect and developer located in various countries including the US, Brazil, Netherlands, South Africa, Colombia, India and Sri Lanka. The week leading to the hackathon offered competitors resources in the form of webinars on the WSO2 Analytics platform, conducted by WSO2 experts.

All successful teams will get an Amazon Echo each and passes to WSO2Con US 2015, scheduled to be held in San Francisco this November. The most successful team will not only receive the prize money but also a chance to present their solution at WSO2Con.

This is the fourth in a series of WSO2 Hackathons, focusing on specific areas of expertise in the industry. This challenge is focused heavily on analytics and data science, and how an uncountable number of connected devices and applications are generating massive amounts of data in today’s rapidly advancing connected world.

“Increasingly, enterprises are adopting data analytics platforms that are highly scalable and compatible with cloud technologies”, said Lakmal Warusawithana, WSO2 director of cloud architecture and vice president of Apache Stratos, who is leading the Hackathon. “This hackathon provides us a chance to showcase WSO2’s solutions for big data analytics, scaling to millions of events, running either on-premises or in the cloud, supporting high-volumes of mobile and device data across smart homes, and similar ecosystems. Our team is looking forward to hosting this hackathon, and witnessing the outcome.”

For more details on the challenge and the teams see http://virtual15.wso2hackathon.com

You can also follow #WSO2Hackathon for live updates

One Hack to Make Them All… One Bot to Rule Them!

They moved, they shimmied, they even kept in tune with some Sri Lankan papare music, and  we are not talking about the students of Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing, although they showed us some off-the-charts talent themselves. It was all about the bot stuff at the WSO2 Hackathon 2015!

Partnering with Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) and the Computer Science Club (CSC), the WSO2 Hackathon set the stage exclusively for SoIC students to unleash their brilliance in robotics technology. Held April 18 at Indiana University Bloomington, all 20 participants (6 teams and 2 individuals) successfully completed the challenge of building an autonomous robot in eight hours, connecting it to the WSO2 middleware platform.

Team Double Stuffed Corey-O’s emerged winners of the hackathon based on overall performance. Team members Jessica Pusateri, Corey Denault and Dakota Langdon walked away with a Bose QuietComfort® 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphone each.

#WSO2Hackathon was trending on Twitter throughout the day, with Tyler Citrin from team Squad being awarded a Beats Pill Speaker & Holder for his entertaining tweets. Xiaoyue Hong from team Soysan won a Huawei TalkBand B2 for the best selfie during the hackathon.

Apart from these prizes, two deserving roboticists from SoIC who showed exceptional talent during the hackathon, Di Zhong and Corey Denault, were awarded fully sponsored one month long summer internships at the WSO2 Office in Sri Lanka, inclusive of a week-long tour across the island.

This eight hour hackathon was the second in a series of WSO2 Hackathons, focusing on specific areas of expertise in the industry. The objective for this hackathon was for the robots to capture motion and environmental changes via sensors, and perform specific tasks in their given environment. This challenge thereby focused heavily on the Internet of Things (IoT), and how more connected devices and applications are in today’s rapidly advancing connected world.

The talent unearthed at Indiana University was nothing short of exceptional. “The hackathon went beyond our expectations. It was a success not only in terms of fostering greater use of open source technologies and IoT architecture, but also in terms of encouraging innovation among this new community of coders”, said Director of API Architecture at WSO2, Sumedha Rubasinghe. “We are definitely looking at hosting similar events in the future.”

The winning team, Double Stuffed Corey-O’s, said, “It was a lot of fun, first of all, we had a great time. We’ve never had this kind of experience with robotics. It was cool to see your code actually do something physical in the real world!”

Team member Jessica Pusateri also added about the WSO2 Hackathon “I can’t even imagine how much planning went into (organizing) this, because it all went really smoothly. It was really really fun!”

Visit http://wso2hackathon.com/ for more information about WSO2 Hackathons

Get Your Early Bird Discount for WSO2Con EU 2015

Registration is now open for WSO2Con EU 2015, taking place this June in London. Take advantage of the early bird discounts on offer through March 23, to attend the most sort after conference that focuses on providing insights into WSO2 Technology that help build innovative solutions for your connected business.

The connected world is moving fast with organization looking to open new streams of revenue, build valuable relationships with customers and partners, and improving business operations.

As we’ve done in the past, customers and industry leaders join our team of experts to present reference architectures, case studies, product road maps and best practice guidelines, that will help you get ahead of the game.

Key highlights of the 3-day conference include:

  • An in-depth, hands-on Tutorials Day, followed by the Conference Technology Day for insights into WSO2 middleware products and the Conference Industry Day for domain-specific solutions.
  • Guest keynotes and panel discussions featuring well known thought leaders
  • Networking events and conference after-parties that is sure to help you unwind and have fun

For more details and to register visit http://eu15.wso2con.com/

WSO2Con US 2014 kicks off with CEO Sanjiva unveiling several strategic product developments to support today’s connected world

Its our biggest user-conference yet! After a great day of pre-conference tutorials yesterday, WSO2Con US 2014 officially got going with traditional drumming and CEO Sanjiva Weerawarana, talking about how competing in a connected world requires a new holistic approach to IT architecture that harnesses the combined power of the cloud, APIs, mobile computing, Internet of Things (IoT), analytics, DevOps, and integration.

Here are some highlights from his keynote presentation:

Mobility and the Internet of Things

Enterprises are expanding the platforms they use to connect with employees, customers and partners. WSO2 is addressing the demands with two products: WSO2 Connected Device Manager and WSO2 App Manager.

WSO2 Connected Device Manager will build on the existing mobile device management capabilities of WSO2 Enterprise Mobility Manager (WSO2 EMM). New functionality will enable enterprises to deploy connected IoT devices to remotely manage them from a central point, update software, send out encryption keys remotely, and gather important information about devices’ physical locations.

WSO2 App Manager, in the first release, will extend the mobile application capabilities in WSO2 EMM to handle Web apps and desktop apps, providing unified management of these enterprise applications. Key capabilities will include:

  • Shared app store
  • Single-sign on solution
  • Publisher for managing enterprise applications throughout their life cycle
  • Application store that lets users search, view, rate and install applications on-demand
  • Console for administrators to manage users, administer policies, and install or uninstall  applications.

Expanding Public Cloud Capabilities

WSO2 continues to expand the capabilities of its WSO2 Cloud platform, which represents the company’s next generation of public platform as a service (PaaS). In conjunction with WSO2Con US 2014, WSO2 is rolling out added integration between WSO2 App Cloud, the application PaaS (APaaS) based on WSO2 App Factory, and WSO2 API Cloud, the API Management PaaS based on WSO2 API Manager, which are both in public beta. Through the integration, customers can develop and host Web services in WSO2 App Cloud, and then expose them as managed APIs in WSO2 API Cloud.

Additionally WSO2 is demonstrating early previews of two forthcoming WSO2 Cloud offerings:

  • WSO2 Device Cloud is the mobile and IoT device management PaaS that will be based on the forthcoming WSO2 Device Manager.
  • WSO2 Integration Cloud, based on WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus is an integration PaaS (iPaaS) that will enable the development, execution and governance of cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-enterprise integrations.

AppFactory Cloud-Enabled DevOps

WSO2 App Factory is WSO2’s shared, elastic, and self-service enterprise DevOps platform that helps to eliminate the challenges of shadow IT projects. It enables multiple project teams to collaboratively write applications, manage the application life cycles, and provide continuous cloud delivery. At the same time, robust life-cycle management and governance ensure compliance with IT, corporate and government policies.

WSO2 is enhancing WSO2 App Factory with support for custom app types. The functionality, which will enable IT professionals to define their own application types, builds on the extensibility of WSO2 Private PaaS (based on Apache Stratos) and allows the easy provisioning of new runtimes using pluggable cartridges. In the same product release, WSO2 also will add support for .NET applications, PHP, and Node.js within WSO2 App Factory.

Eclipse Che Adoption

WSO2 today announced that it will adopt Eclipse Che, an open source platform for a software-as-a-service (SaaS) integrated developer environments, as the core platform for all WSO2 tooling supporting its middleware, cloud, and mobile platforms. WSO2 is migrating WSO2 Developer Studio from the Eclipse Rich Client Platform (RCP) to Eclipse Che with version 4.0, and has completed the first milestone. Additional details are available in the WSO2 press release from October 27, 2014, entitled “WSO2 Adopts Eclipse Che Platform for Developer Environments, Joins Eclipse Foundation to Contribute Technology to Eclipse Che.”

Analytics Evolution

Today, WSO2 delivers first solution for enabling data streams to be analyzed simultaneously in real-time with WSO2 Complex Event Processor (WSO2 CEP) and via batch processing through WSO2 Business Activity Monitor (WSO2 BAM). As a result, enterprises have unprecedented flexibility to gain valuable insights from the vast streams of events coming into the organization. An open architecture, this solution combines best-of-breed open source components, such as Apache Hadoop, Apache Hive, and Apache Spark, as well as WSO2’s own open source Siddhi CEP engine.

WSO2 will extend its analytics architecture with new offerings for machine learning and event stream management.

  • The machine learning product will provide a wizard to let users start with a data set, explore and play with that data set, try out many machine learning algorithms and create machine learning models in order to select the best algorithm for a given data set. The models then can be executed from other products in the WSO2 Carbon enterprise middleware platform, such as WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus (WSO2 ESB) platform or BAM/CEP offerings.
  • An event stream store and gateway, which is based on the same principles as the store and gateway capabilities in WSO2 API Manager, will let users catalog, manage and monitor event streams.

Unified Governance

Throughout 2015, WSO2 will roll out a strategic initiative to provide central governance for all artifacts and their relationships across the WSO2 platform, such as projects, applications, services, APIs, policies or people. The capabilities will be incorporated into WSO2 Governance Registry 5.0. Once artifacts are managed centrally, users will be able to apply policies to services, know which APIs are used by an application, or understand which people are working on a certain project—all from a unified governance center. Information will be published automatically from all WSO2 servers, ensuring that governance information is always up to date.

The next 2 days will be filled with awesome speakers covering these topics and more! Follow us on Twitter (@wso2con) and Facebook for live updates.

We Head to Strata 2014 This Week

This week we head to Strata 2014 taking place in Santa Clara, CA. The O’Reilly event for the data community kicks off tomorrow, where WSO2 is a Exabyte sponsor. I will be presenting the talk “Tracking a Soccer Game with Big Data”  on Wednesday the 12th of February at 4.50 p.m.

My session is based on the annual DEBS event processing challenge last year which included a data set generated by a real soccer match in which sensors were placed in the soccer ball and players’ shoes.  We used complex event processing (CEP) and MapReduce based technologies for this challenge to track and process data, achieving throughput in excess of 100,000 events/sec. I will detail how we extended the solution to conduct batch processing using business activity monitoring (BAM) using the same framework, enabling users to obtain both instant analytics as well as more detailed batch processing based results.

Late last year we released WSO2 Complex Event Processor (CEP) 3.0 and WSO2 Business Activity Monitor (BAM) 2.4. Working together, the integrated WSO2 products provide the industry’s first solution for enabling data streams to be analyzed simultaneously in real-time (with WSO2 CEP 3.0) and via batch processing (with WSO2 BAM 2.4). As a result, enterprises have unprecedented flexibility for analyzing the vast streams of events coming into the organization to gain valuable insights into their business.

See here for more details about the WSO2 Platform for big data analytics or sign up for the upcoming webinar series where we will examine how IT professionals can collect, analyze and visualize big data in real-time models and off-line decision support models using WSO2 BAM and WSO2 CEP.

As a special give-away at Strata, we hope to give out the latest Apple Mac Pro to one lucky winner who drops by our booth! So if you are planning on attending the conference, come on over to booth #901. I’ll be happy talk about how you can address your big data challenges too.

– Dr. Srinath Perera, Director of Research at WSO2

WSO2Con Hits Three Cities in 2014!

We are excited to announce not just one, but three WSO2 user-conferences, taking place in three different cities this year. The first of which is WSO2Con Asia, on March 24 – 26 in Colombo, Sri Lanka,  followed by WSO2Con EU in Spain, June 16 – 18, and WSO2Con US in San Francisco, October 27 – 29.

The 2-day conference and in-depth tutorials day of each WSO2Con will showcase how a connected business seamlessly integrates people, process, and data across an extended value chain, decreases interaction cost, and automatically adapts business activity in response to market events. The sessions will focus on:

  • New enterprise integration architectures
  • Cloud technologies that transform application delivery
  • Enterprise mobility solutions
  • Enhancing business opportunities with big data analysis, enterprise governance and security
  • Agile enterprise application development platforms

While the first cut of the agenda for WSO2Con Asia is now online, Call for Presentations (CFP) is now open for the event in Spain. We look forward to receiving your submission on how the revolutionary WSO2 enterprise middleware platform as has made an impact in your organization.

So do save the dates and start making plans today to join us at a WSO2Con closest to you! See wso2con.com for more details.

Tasha Hettiarachchi, Senior Marketing Officer at WSO2, and General-Chairperson WSO2Con 2014

4 Days Left to Save 25% – Register Now for WSO2Con US 2013

We have just about 2 months to go for our very first US edition of WSO2Con. Aiming to repeat the same success of the user conferences held in London and Colombo, San Francisco is shaping out to be one event you won’t want to miss!

In the last few weeks we have added over a dozen guest speakers along with our own engineers and architects to an agenda that spans across 3 days. We are excited about the great line up of talks and tutorials that will touch on the theme of being a Connected Business.

Why Connected Business? Connected businesses grow revenue and outperform the competition by increasing customer engagement, enhancing productivity, and seizing market opportunity. WSO2 Products and technology form key building blocks that construct a Connected Business.  We’ll showcase all the pieces you need to help build this new IT infrastructure that is lean, efficient, scalable, social, mobile and allows you to deliver solutions faster, cheaper and better than anyone else.

Early bird registration ends September 10th. You can save up to $400 by signing up today.

Hope to see you at WSO2Con US 2013!

– Hasmin Abdul Cader, Director of Communications at WSO2

If you’re going to San Francisco…

…make sure its in October for WSO2Con US!

Following the success of WSO2Con London earlier in the year, we cross the Atlantic to bring you our popular user conference to San Francisco from the 29th to the 31st of October.

While Scott McKenzie sang about making sure to wear flowers in your hair in 1967, we encourage you to come join us for 3 days of  knowledge sharing, networking and great insights into WSO2.

Call for presentation is now open for end-user case studies, industry expert vision, and hands-on development guidance on the following topics :

  • Cloud-Native Platform-as-a-Service and developing Cloud-aware Applications
  • Using APIs to extend Apps and Services
  • Implementing Enterprise Integration Patterns, ESB best practices, and achieving integration agility
  • How to follow Practical SOA and establish effective SOA Governance
  • Empowering business owners with business process and business rule based systems
  • Making better business decisions with Complex Event Processing (CEP), Business Activity Monitoring (BAM), and Big Data analytics
  • Open source strategies, communities, and adoption practices
  • Embedding WSO2 middleware in OEM and ISV products

This is only  a sample of what you can submit. If you’ve done anything with WSO2, we’d love to hear about it!

For more on the submission guidelines and to send us your proposal please visit http://us13.wso2con.com/call-for-presentations

Hurry only 2 more weeks for the deadline!

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– Hasmin Abdul Cader, Director of Communication at WSO2

Lets Talk Business Agility for Your Next Generation Enterprise

We are happy to announce that WSO2 is a Prime Time Sponsor at GigaOm Structure 2013, taking place in San Francisco next month.  The 2-day conference explores how real-time business needs are shaping IT architectures.

I will be there to present a workshop on Achieving business agility with cloud APIs, cloud-aware apps, and cloud DevOps PaaS. You can also meet the team and get a preview of  new developments in our cloud PaaS and DevOps offerings, at the WSO2 booth.

Recently I’ve been talking a lot about business agility. With today’s “Now Generation”, business stakeholders, who drive revenue growth and customer retention, desire to rapidly seize opportunity and market share.  They often view IT timeframes and capabilities as a poor match for today’s fast business-pace. My webinar last week with David Linthicum addressed some of these concerns. We talked about

  • A path towards agile IT through the use of new approaches and emerging technology
  • New concepts around DevOps improvement
  • The use of emerging PaaS technology
  • Agility best practices that will guide you to success

If you missed out, the slides and recording are avaialble here: http://wso2.org/library/webinars/2013/05/accelerate-business-agility-paas

If you are in the area, I would be more than happy to talk about how we can help, at Structure 2013.

– Chris Haddad is VP of Technology Evangelism at WSO2. He blogs at http://blog.cobia.net/cobiacomm/